All the articles by Federico Giannini on Finestre sull'Arte


Instructions for making an exhibition of engravings lively. What the exhibition on Sculptors in Mantua looks like.

Instructions for making an exhibition of engravings lively. What the exhibition on Sculptors in Mantua looks like.

One episode alone would be enough to give an idea of the temperament of Giovanni Battista Scultori, an elusive artist who worked in Giulio Romano's Mantua, working among stuccoes, carvings, drawings, and engravings. It is a discussion Scultori had wi...
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The Labyrinth of the Masone, the concrete utopia of Franco Maria Ricci

The Labyrinth of the Masone, the concrete utopia of Franco Maria Ricci

From the road, the Labyrinth of the Masone cannot be seen. Getting there is easy: you run along the Via Emilia to the detour that leads to Fontanellato and Soragna, a wide driveway that divides the landscape. From the warehouses that chase each other...
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The debut of Sassetta, elegant painter of the 15th century. What the Massa Marittima exhibition looks like

The debut of Sassetta, elegant painter of the 15th century. What the Massa Marittima exhibition looks like

It is the Maremma's turn to launch Stefano di Giovanni known as Sassetta, an elegant protagonist of early 15th-century Sienese painting, into the crowded arena of ancient art exhibitions. Never before had a monographic exhibition been devoted to this...
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Why we suffer so much from the fascination of ruins

Why we suffer so much from the fascination of ruins

They came from all over Europe. From England, from Germany, from France, from Flanders, from Holland. Finished the plains of the Rhine, past the tangle of the Black Forest, past the Jura massif, before the eyes of the travelers opened the imposing an...
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Between Reality and Desire. The homosexual imagery of Jean Cocteau's drawings.

Between Reality and Desire. The homosexual imagery of Jean Cocteau's drawings.

It sounds perhaps a little strange, to those who were to leaf through Jean Cocteau's The White Book today, the idea that the author of this singular tale, somewhere between autobiography, novel and confession, does not use precise terms to define his...
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This is why the newly discovered Last Judgment can in no way be by Michelangelo

This is why the newly discovered Last Judgment can in no way be by Michelangelo

There is no way that the painting that resurfaced yesterday in Geneva, a reduced version of Michelangelo's Last Judgment , can be attributed to him, the author of the large fresco on the back wall of the Sistine Chapel. The work, executed in oil on c...
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When a box set is a Wunderkammer wonder. What the Mirabilia Estensi exhibition in Ferrara looks like.

When a box set is a Wunderkammer wonder. What the Mirabilia Estensi exhibition in Ferrara looks like.

The record belongs to Julius von Schlosser, a distinguished pioneer of the Viennese school of art history: he was the first to take an interest, and to do so with a systematic measure, in the historiated caskets produced in the fifteenth century by t...
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Massimo Bartolini's Italian Pavilion: an invitation to listen that is difficult to hear

Massimo Bartolini's Italian Pavilion: an invitation to listen that is difficult to hear

One senses a vaguely familiar atmosphere upon entering the Italian Pavilion through the back door and finding oneself immersed in the forest of innocent pipes with which Massimo Bartolini, who has been entrusted with our national participation in thi...
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